Can zesty Zvonareva out-serene Serena?
Williams will attempt to take advantage calmly
WIMBLEDON, England — For the women’s final at Wimbledon, Serena will be the serene one.
On one side today, we’ll have Williams, wearing a strawberry and cream dress befitting the occasion and hoping to celebrate her 13th Grand Slam title with the same dainty curtsy she showed the queen of England last week.
On the other side we’ll have Russian Vera Zvonareva, towel draped over her head during changeovers as if hiding from her reputation for crying jags, temper tantrums and collapses in big matches.
Williams has been known for the occasional outburst. But her meltdown at the 2009 U.S. Open is a fading memory — she giggled reminiscing about it last week — and both her comportment and tennis have been impeccable through six rounds at Wimbledon.
Zvonareva has yet to be seen losing her cool, either, but who knows what goes on under that towel? She uses it for refuge during changeovers to help her concentrate, and the result has been an improbable run to her first Grand Slam final.
Long regarded as an underachiever prone to self-destruc-